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delavayi syn heliophila

Buddleja delavayi syn heliophila is as its name suggests a sun loving plant with lilac-pink flowers borne on the previous year’s wood in early summer. Best grown in a container in full sun in the summer and moved into a glasshouse for the winter.



Introduced by plant hunter George Forrest in 1910, named and described by William Wright Smith in 1913.


Native to the Xizang and Yunnan Provinces of China where it grows at forest edges, thickets in valleys and along trails in mountains at elevations of 2000-3000m.


  • Flower Colour: Lilac - pink
  • Habit: Shrub
  • Eventual height: 300cm (9ft)
  • Hardiness: Root hardy
  • Leaf colour: Mid green
  • Flowering: Early summer
  • Fragrance: Honey scented
  • Situation: Grow in a large pot and provide winter protection
  • Wildlife:

Project Details



Place of Origin

Xizang and Yunnan Provinces of China

Plant Heritage

Accession Number B053

All details of our collection are held on the main Plant Heritage database including plant name, accession number, date of accession and plant source.


  • Genus Buddleja
  • Species delavayi syn heliophila
  • Category Semi tender Species Shrub
  • Colours and sizes are approximate and are intended as a guideline, cultivation notes should be followed

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